Getting to know : Matt Sheaff
Athlete Profiles, May 11, 2019
Matt takes some time to answer a few questions about his entry into the world of Triathlon and his upcoming plans
Name: Matt Sheaff
Occupation: Primary School Teacher
What attracted you to Triathlon/Multisport:
Feeling like I was missing out while supporting a team at IM Taupo 70.3 2016. I knew I had to give it a go. I had done a bit of running (a half marathon) in the past and CrossFit but never cycling or swimming.
How did you get into Triathlon/Multisport:
Best thing about training:
Analyzing my data instead of stretching.
What was your first race:
Future Sporting Goals:
This year the Auckland Marathon at 3 hours 30 minutes is on the cards.
Thai for dinner, followed by Jalapeno flavoured corn chips.
Somewhere you can cycle. In 2018 I did a bike packing trip of Vietnam and loved it.
How do you relax:
I don’t think I know how to? Work and train seems to be always on the agenda. Next term I am starting yoga classes.
What’s your greatest Fear:
Missing out on a triathlon event or missing a scheduled training session.
Disciplined, motivated, enthusiastic and data-driven.
Who is your hero and why:
Garth Barfoot because he is an inspiration, he turns up and gets it done.
Completing the IMNZ in 12 hours 5 minutes (and being a Primary School teacher while training for it).
Most embarrassing Sporting moment:
I have a few but by far the best is the time that I had my wetsuit on inside out at the start line of the Swim Run Series…. I did the fastest change just before the hooter went!
Words of Advice :
You are in control of your thoughts and beliefs and they determine your reality.